Jelena Ostapenko became the champion of French Open and gained huge attention in the foreign media, bringing Latvia’s name in the world. In the official YouTube account of Roland-Garros, videos with Ostapenko were among most popular, one reaching 380 896 views. Also Google Analytics show that during the two days of the final the internet users’ interest about the young Latvian tennis star and thus about Latvia has risen significantly.
“Latvian with a passion for danger and sky jumps played a fearless brand of tennis to secure victory over Simona Halep in the French Open final.”
“It was the fearless manner of Ostapenko's performance that was so striking.”
“The 20-year-old produced one of the most remarkable tennis stories in recent years by becoming the first unseeded player in the Open era to win the French Open title.”
“The last woman to win her first tour title at a Grand Slam was Barbara Jordan of the United States at the 1979 Australian Open. The last man to manage it was Gustavo Kuerten, who won the 1997 French Open on the day that Ostapenko was born in the Latvian capital, Riga.”
The New York Times
More on the media coverage (materials in Latvian): here